Adler Planetarium in Brief:
The Adler Planetarium is part of the lakefront's Museum Campus, which along with the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum, attracts an astounding number of visitors on an annual basis (Also see 5 Unique Galleries & Museums In Chicago for additional local attractions).
The Chicago planetarium, which is officially the country's first-ever planetarium, is included with the purchase of a Go Chicago Card. (Buy Direct)
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Getting to the Adler Planetarium by Public Transportation:
Either the south-bound CTA bus line #146 (Marine-Michigan), or Red Line CTA train south to Roosevelt, then take a Museum Campus trolley or transfer to CTA bus #12.
Driving From Downtown:
Lake Shore Drive (US 41) south to 18th Street. Turn left onto Museum Campus Drive and follow it around Soldier Field. Look for signs that will point you to the visitor parking garage. The Chicago planetarium is just northeast of the parking garage.
Parking at the Adler Planetarium:
There are several lots on the Museum Campus, but most tend to fill up quickly and your best bet is in the main parking garage. Parking for all lots is $15 per day.
Adler Planetarium Hours:
Daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Adler Planetarium is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Extended Hours: From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Adler Planetarium is open from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Adler Planetarium Tickets:
- General Admission (exhibits only): Adults, $12; Seniors (ages 65+), $8; Children (ages 4-11), $8.
- Galaxy Package (Admission, 1 show and audio tour): Adults, $16; Seniors (ages 65+), $15; Children (ages 4-11), $14.
- Universe Package (Admission, 2 shows and audio tour): Adults, $20; Seniors (ages 65+), $19; Children (ages 4-11), $18.
- (each additional show added to Galaxy or Universe packages are $5)
(prices subject to change)
Some of the Highlighted Exhibits:
- Star Rider Theater Virtual Reality Environment
- Sky Theater
- Atwood Sphere
- Bringing The Heavens To Earth
- From The Night Sky To The Big Bang
- Milky Way Galaxy
- Our Solar System
- Shoot for the Moon
- Universe In Your Hands
- Doane Observatory
About the Adler Planetarium:
The stellar (pun intended) Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum was founded in 1930 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist, Max Adler. The Adler Planetarium is the United States' first planetarium, and features two full-size planetarium theaters: the Sky Theater, which has a traditional Zeiss projector, and the StarRider Theater, a full "virtual reality" experience, making you feel as if you were floating through outer space.
The Astronomy Museum portion of the Adler contains one of the most important antique astronomy scientific instrument collections in the world. A number of exhibits educate on this vast universe of which we are a tiny part.
The Doane Observatory at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum showcases a huge aperture telescope with a 20 inch (.5 m) diameter mirror, which gathers 5,000 times more light than the human eye. The telescope is the largest one open to the public in the Chicago area, and is available for viewing during "Far Out Fridays," which takes place the first Friday of every month between 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
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The Adler Planetarium is included with the purchase of a Go Chicago Card. (Buy Direct)